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August 5, 2014

A New Garden Bed and an Evening Stroll

I weeded and prepared a bed for some new perennials 
I have tulips that come up here in the spring and some lilies that have just finished blooming.  There are some lily of the valley that got in here but I worked at getting them out today.  They have the sweetest little flowers but they are so invasive!  There was a little hosta hiding in here from an old garden that used to be here.

I clustered all my plants into my cart- I love how they look!

I got them set- they look a little haphazard but next year they will look a lot fuller.  I'm going to keep the store tags with them so next spring I can remember where they were set.  We're going to put some landscape bark down to help with the weeds and it looks good!

I wanted a dramatic bunch of Russian Sage so I put three of them in and I put these Tuscan Sun Heliopsis close by because I think their a great mix together.

These Coneflowers are called Secret Affair from the Secret Series- they are fragrant too!

This is a Helenium plant (Sneezeweed)  It's a really cute flower and will be hearty in our area.  I look forward to it getting larger each year!

Looking up the slope of this bed are the Asiatic lilies and a Crocosmia- Lucifer plant (the tall sword life leafed plant.  I guess they are related to Gladioas

I think they look very exotic like something I'd expect in Hawaii!

Turning to my side across the driveway the Limelight Hydrangea is starting to flower.  It's coming on fast- always a pleasure to see it bloom.

On the front island near the hydrangea my Shasta daisies, Coneflowers and Coreopsis are blooming away

Does this say summer or what! These coneflowers are called Little Annie

Zagreb Coreopsis

I don't know the name of this cone flower off hand but I love the color.  The stems are very dark and the flower really stands out.

The Black Eyed Susans are just starting to flower

The Butterfly Weed has been blooming for a good week or more.  


These Meadowbrite coneflowers have been in for at least three years and they've really spread out nicely.  They stay short and compact.  

This is an Orange Marmalade Hosta. It starts out with somewhat of an yellow/orange cast and then fades to more of a white look.  I think mine gets too much sun- it's color hasn't been as rich as it should be.

This island garden just blooms along without much effort.  I dead head flowers and pull a few bits of grass that try to invade but that's about it.  

Early evening at the end of a beautiful summer's day!


 

8 comments:

  1. How beautiful it all is. The new bed will look like it's always been there by July next year!

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  2. Love all your perennials and especially the different varieties of cone flowers. Had never seen red. I must look for one. Thanks for sharing you lovely garden.

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  3. I love the exotic crocosmias. They do well here though they look a bit out of place.

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  4. Wow, you did get some new babies. I've never grown the Russian Sage - I need some! And I think I need one of those new coneflowers. That and the reddish one you didn't know the name of - it's SO pretty! I love, love, love my crocosmia. I have that lucifer and two others. Always fun to see what's happening in your garden!

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  5. Such lovely blooms everywhere :)
    If this is your first experience with Russian Sage just a warning...it grows rapidly ! I love mine and it is so nice for cut bouquets as accents to other flowers but mine is in two locations on each side of the house so what it does it grow towards the sun so it's spilling out over the sidewalk in one location. I let it do so and just cut back here and there but just warning you ...when it's happy it is VERY happy! :)

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  6. Very pretty plants this year. I really like that new bed, well the old bed with the new plants I guess I should say. You are right, it will look great next year filled in even more.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  7. Hi Liz,

    I kept going back to the top of your post to look at everything over and over again; it's all so PRETTY! Love the combination of hot pinks and rich reds with cheery yellows, as well as the different heights and shapes, which all make a charming collection of beauties!

    Poppy

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  8. Liz, I like your Supertunias in urns by the garage. We have many of them this year. Two planters on the front porch underperformed (not enough sun) so we moved them to the deck and now they are really going to town. I like your shastas and coneflowers too -nice variety there! Have a great weekend!
    Hugs, Beth

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